Allin Foulkrod, CSEP
Allin is the dynamic leader and founder of the Creative Visions team. He has developed and grown the team considerably since Creative Visions' humble beginning in an NC State dorm room more than 20 years ago. Allin is a CSEP (Certified Special Event Producer), a presenter at industry events, and a recipient of the prestigious Evie Award for Technical Production from the International Special Events Society. Allin has a strong history of success producing events worldwide. His natural talents and honed skill in pairing the message to the guest experience for both the creative and technical side of an event has proven invaluable time and again. As the president of Creative Visions, Allin is constantly challenging his team to think differently and ensure in delighting every client.
Favorite Food: All things chocolate with chocolate on top
Favorite Websites: Google - My map to the world
Favorite Quote: Communication is a receiver phenomenon
John "JB" Bradford, CSEP
JB is the (dare we say) oldest employee of Creative Visions. He has been with the company since 1999. JB is a Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) and is a member of the International Special Events Society (ISES). He currently serves as the Greater Triangle Chapter Vice President. JB is also a member of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) and the NC Association of Festivals and Events. His expertise as an event producer is evidenced by his incredible passion for events beginning at the age of 16, through to the present as he puts his experience and knowledge to use with each event he produces at CV.
Hobbies: Watching and playing sports, playing games of all types, boating and jet skiing
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Website: Facebook
Media Production Director
Robb has successfully produced live events and media deliverables for over 15 years. He has both impressive technical skills as well as creative design knowledge. Coupling his passions for technology and artistry, Robb is always ready to adapt innovative and unique communication solutions for his clients. Robb is proud of his industry's Certified Technology Specialist credentials and continually earns credits for new areas of technology. Robb and his wife Jennifer have two fun-loving boys, Jack and Nicholas.
Hobbies: Building elaborate train layouts with my two sons, because I'm a kid at heart.
Special Skills: Building a relaxing campfire after a hike on the Appalachian Trail
Favorite Website: www.packers.com - I keep my cheesehead in the car, just in case
Favorite Movie or Book: Indiana Jones
Favorite Travel Spot: Eating fresh cheese and a warm baguette on the banks of the French Mediterranean
Timothy Drew, CTS
Tim has 20+ years in audio-visual technology and IT. He joined the Creative Visions team in 2009. Tim has worked on four continents and too many countries to list. He is an alumnus of North Carolina State University with a degree in Computer Engineering. His IT background gives him the unique ability to analyze equipment systems and to provide technical solutions to our clients on-site.
Favorite Movie or Book: The Matrix
Special Skills: Cooking
Favorite Website: Amazon.com
Heroes: My Father
Favorite Travel Spot: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Business Development Director
Lesa comes to Creative Visions with more than 20 years in hospitality, sales and event management. Her experiences have taken her to several countries around the world. Throughout her years in the industry, Lesa has perfected her craft to become a client relations specialist, serving as both creative liaison and a dedicated advocate for clients' needs and expectations. Lesa works to develop new opportunities for both Creative Visions and AV-Rx, the health sciences division of CV.
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, talking!
Favorite Movie or Book: Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi
Favorite Food: Any veggie Thai entree AND bread pudding (not together)!
Favorite Travel Spot: Anywhere in the world as long as there's sand and sun!
Project Manager, AV-Rx
Bill brings ten years of experience as a journalist, along with his background in audio-visual work. He enjoys the "pin-point technical expertise" required in his work and it shows in how successful he is in leading the operations of the AV-Rx division of CV. When not at work, or on the road, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife Ann and their two great daughters, Sami and Gracie.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, NC State athletics, anything outdoors.
Favorite Food: Krispy Kreme Hot Doughnut
Heroes: Muhammad Ali, Jim Valvano
Favorite Travel Spot: North Carolina beaches
Mike comes to Creative Visions from a career in lights on "the Great White Way" of Broadway. He has worked as both a lighting designer and master electrician, on productions such as, "Baby It's You", Million Dollar Quartet" and "West Side Story". His experiences range from touring with Nick Jr., to an associate designer for shows in California. His creativity and ingenuity are showcased through his designs as he effectively sets mood, evokes emotion and compels action through his designs and production capabilities.
Hobbies: Piano and singing, theatre – performing and viewing
Favorite Books: The Hunger Games (series)
Favorite Travel Spot: Blue Ridge Mountains of NC
Favorite Food: Pineapple (in all its forms)
Jessica Vun Cannon
Accounting Specialist, Office Manager
Jessica moved to Raleigh, NC in 2007 from the "frozen north" of Fenton, Michigan. She is the "jack of all trades and master of all" on the CV team. Jessica is in charge of accounting, supply ordering, payroll, HR and keeping everyone in line! She is the keeper of all institutional knowledge and does desk top publishing on the side! Jessica is the only team member who is irreplaceable!
Hobbies: Spending time with family and cheering on my boys at various athletic activities
Favorite Books: Yeah, right, with three boys, who has time to read?
Favorite Movies: Christmas Vacation and The Notebook
Favorite Color: Blue
Ben brings audio creativity to the event design process that is critical to the success of Creative Visions' clients. With a background in theatrical production and music, he has a gift for capturing the nuances of a moment. Ben has traveled extensively throughout the United Stated during his career, setting his trained ear on the smallest details of sound engineering. His ability to detect even the slightest subtleties in sound, ensures every CV client receives the best in audio design and execution.
Hobbies: Reading, Playing Basketball, Civil War History, Music Directing
Special Skills: Playing the piano, music directing, sleeping through hurricanes
Favorite Website: Amazon, ESPN, Facebook, CNN
Heroes: My father, my grandfather, Abraham Lincoln
Nick comes to CV with a background in lighting design and theater. Admittedly, Nick is a techno-geek, enjoying both virtual and actual building of computers. He creates and edits graphics and videos for fun and is an avid reader of adventure/mystery books. Currently, Nick has the most interesting car in the CV parking lot - he drives an itty-bitty Scion iQ, which can be parked sideways in a standard parking space without extending over the lines!
Favorite Author:: James Rollins, page turning adventures with a dash of mystery – my favorite!
Favorite Food: PF Chang’s Kung Pao Chicken, anyone who knows me will tell you I am a little obsessed with PF Chang.
Favorite Movie: Hard to pick one, but I am a huge James Bond fan. My favorite Bond is Sean Connery with Daniel Craig a close second.
Favorite Band: My music taste changes a lot even from month to month. The iPod in my car is currently playing Imagine Dragons and OK Go!